Paying Attention to Eating Pays Off

Mindful eating may help control weight as well as blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

A recent comparison study looked at one group that followed a standard diabetes education program emphasizing nutrition vs. another group in which participants received training in meditation and being “mindful’ both in selecting foods and eating them. Both groups met weekly and were encouraged to be physically active.

After three months, both groups of people had lost roughly the same amount of weight- on average between 3.5 and 6 pounds-and lowered their blood sugar levels.

According to Carla Miller, associate professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University and lead author of the study, both approaches worked. However, Miller points out that nutrition education is especially important to those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes.


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